2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Canet"

SKU #1314082 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once again firm reduction makes the nose a tough read. The rich, fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors possess a beautifully elegant mouth feel that continues on to the refined, focused and impeccably well-balanced though notably firmer finish.  (6/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Champ Gains is just a touch less racy in personality than the Clos de la Garenne, but this makes sense, as it is not quite as cool of a climat. The bouquet is loaded with zesty citrus elements in its vibrant blend of apple, white peach, chalky, white lilies, vanillin oak and every imaginable note of citrus zest that one can imagine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and almost velvety in texture, with a rock solid core, fine focus and balance and a long, juicy finish. This will drink immediately upon release (unless it closes down after its mise) and will probably not age quite as long as the Clos de la Garenne, but it will deliver plenty of pleasure along the way. 2016-2035+.  (1/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet showed a little more vintage character than the Folatières, hints of passion fruit and caramelized pear tucked in behind the citrus veneer. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a keen line of acidity, though the finish remains quite strict and maybe does not quite possess the mineral expression of the Folatières at the moment. Maybe that will change once in bottle? Still, there is potential here and the spiciness on the aftertaste is satisfying. (NM)  (12/2016)

92 points Vinous

 (this fruit was picked fully ripe at the beginning of the harvest): Very pale bright yellow. Subtly complex aromas of yellow peach, apricot and spices. Boasts superb volume and a hint of sweetness to its yellow fruit and spice flavors, with harmonious acidity giving the wine a firm shape. Very easy to appreciate today owing to its silky sweetness but has the balance, volume and concentration for mid-term aging. Finishes tactile and very long, like chewing on ripe berries. (ST)  (9/2017)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.